Best Picture Book: Jim's Letters by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper. From the author and illustrator of Le Quesnoy comes a moving story of two brothers separated by war. It is based on the thousands of letters sent by and to Anzac soldiers fighting at Gallipoli, one of the most significant campaigns of the First World War. This beautiful hardback depicts life at war and on the home front with exquisite illustrations by Jenny Cooper and fold-out letter inserts.
Best First Book: Maori Art for Kids by Julie Noanoa. This collection of 15 projects offers children aged 7 and over a range of unique Maori art experiences. Practical skills cover sculpture, photography, design, paint, mixed media, collage and more. Easy-to-follow instructions include illustrations of the steps involved, using everyday craft materials, recycled and found objects.
Best Junior Fiction: Monkey Boy by Donovan Bixley. Young Jimmy has a problem, no it's not the crazy men in his gun crew, the older bully boys, awful amputations, exploding diarrhoea, or the food that would make a landlubber ill. Jimmy's problem is that he can see the dead. And they scare the flapping halibut out of him! Worse still, the ship is headed for bloodcurdling battle where the dead will be thick as flies, maybe even as thick as some of Jimmy's crew mates.
Children's Choice: Young Adult Fiction: Night Vision by Ella West. In the dark, Viola sees things no one else does ... until the night she sees something she shouldn't. Would you take the money and run?
Children's Choice: Junior Fiction: The Island of Lost Horses by Stacy Gregg. Two girls divided by time, united by their love for some special horses – a Caribbean adventure! On a remote island, 12-year-old Beatriz is about to embark on an epic journey, through hurricanes, across the high seas and back to the time of Christopher Columbus… When Beatriz stumbles across a wild mare with strange markings she can’t believe it's real. Yet from that moment on the strongest connection grows between…
Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and Best Young Adult Fiction: Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager. An extraordinary story of a boy who protects a baby orca that locals believe is threatening their livelihood.
Children's Choice: Picture Book: The Anzac Puppy by Peter Millett, illustrated by Trish Bowles. This story is based on the true story of Freda, a dalmatian and the dog mascot of the NZ Rifles during World War 1. It's a simple story about the reality of war, hardship, friendship and love.
Best Non-Fiction: Motiti Blue and the Oil Spill by Debbie McCauley. In 2011 a large ship grounded on a reef off the coast of the Bay of Plenty, spilling an estimated 350t of heavy fuel oil into the ocean. The impact was devastating for the thousands of birds and sea creatures who were covered in the toxic oil. One of these oiled birds, a little penguin named Mōtītī Blue, was rescued and treated at the Te Maunga Oiled Wildlife Response Centre. This is the story of his recovery and release.
Children's Choice: Non-Fiction: The Letterbox Cat & Other Poems by Paula Green, illustrated by Myles Lawford. Well-known poet and author Paula Green combines with the talents of Myles Lawford to create a unique poetry book for children.